After seeing foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia reach 752,363 in May 2014, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu stated that it is highly likely for Indonesia to achieve its target of 9.5 million foreign tourist arrivals this year. In the first five months of 2014, 3.70 million foreign tourists visited the world’s largest archipelago, a 9.96 percentage point growth compared to the same period in 2013 (which was 3.36 million). As usual, most foreign visitors entered Indonesia in Bali.
In fact a significant increase in foreign visitor arrivals to Bali, Indonesia's most popular island, was detected. In May 2014, a total of 285,965 foreign visitors entered Indonesia through Ngurah Rai International Airport on Bali, a 16.8 percentage point growth from the same month in 2013. The two other most important points of entry are Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (located just outside the capital city of Jakarta) and the island of Batam (near Singapore).
Foreign Tourist Arrivals in 2013-2014:
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Foreign Tourists Arrivals 2007-2014:
¹ indicates government target
Source: Statistics Indonesia (BPS)